Speeding Swiss driver killed French policewhile sending SMS

20th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

THONON-LES-BAINS, France, Sept 20 (AFP) - A Swiss woman who drove her car into a French police van, killing two officers, while distracted by sending a mobile telephone text message was sentenced Monday to two and half years in prison by a court here.

THONON-LES-BAINS, France, Sept 20 (AFP) - A Swiss woman who drove her car into a French police van, killing two officers, while distracted by sending a mobile telephone text message was sentenced Monday to two and half years in prison by a court here.  

The judge found that Angela Shala, 33, was criminally negligent in causing the June 2003 accident, in which she was speeding at 170 kilometres (105 miles) per hour while tapping away on her mobile in a panicked effort to locate a friend's car she had been following.  

Two other police officers were injured when Shala's car slammed into their vehicle on an Alpine motorway, causing it to crash and roll over twice.  

The judge rejected a plea from the widow of one of the officers that incarceration would deprive Shala's children of their mother.  

The Swiss woman was also fined EUR 1,500 (USD 1,800) and banned from driving for five years.  

Her lawyer, Thierry Chateau, lodged an appeal, which had the effect of staying the sentence.  

Shala had broken down in tears during the court case and vowed never to drive again. The court heard that she had a history of mental problems.

© AFP

 

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